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In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country is the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine hasn't provoked the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead the announcement was met by doubts about the science and safety of the vaccine.  (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

Science and politics tied up in global race for a vaccine

Aug. 12, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead,...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

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Fox news, business cable channels to stream internationally

Aug. 11, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Fox News and Fox Business channels are going international. A digital streaming service with the pair will launch in Mexico on Aug. 20, expanding to Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom on Sept. 17, Fox News Media said Tuesday. Fox News International will be available in 20...

FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo Richard Branson, of Virgin Group, waves as he arrives on a Brightline train in West Palm Beach, Fla. The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline, which began with the British entrepreneur's trademark pizazz, has ended quietly with a whimper. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended its affiliation with the Virgin Group and will stop its rebranding to Virgin Trains USA. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner

Aug. 11, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it was celebrated with Branson's typical pizzazz. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, some people wear masks while using the New York City subway system during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. New York's mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in buses and subways. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

MTA asks Apple's help to solve iPhone mask issues

Aug. 10, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in buses and subways. In a letter to CEO Tim Cook obtained by The Associated...

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Children's book on the hijab puts Muslim girls in spotlight

Aug. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Children want to see characters who look like them, said Hudda Ibrahim. Last year, her niece Fatima asked why books don’t have characters like her. “I said, ‘I’ll do it. I’ll fix it,’” Ibrahim said. In April her children’s...

Spiritless, a female-led distillery, launching soon

Aug. 9, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A last minute-emergency at an event started the idea. Lauren Chitwood, Abby Ferguson and Lexie Larsen needed to find something non-alcoholic but elevated beyond water or diet soda, to supply an event their company, Olio Event Group, was hosting. They couldn’t find it. ...

FILE - This May 4, 2020 file photo released by the Venezuelan Miraflores presidential press office shows what Venezuelan authorities identify as the I.D. cards of former U.S. special forces citizen Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, in Caracas, Venezuela. The two former Green Berets were arrested in May 2020 while participating in a botched raid organized from neighboring Colombia to oust Maduro. (Miraflores Palace presidential press office via AP, File)

Ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

Aug. 8, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro. Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were...

Wieland Copper to lay off 120 in Stokes County

Aug. 8, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

PINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — Wieland Copper Products has announced it’s laying off 120 employees in Stokes County. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the company announced the layoffs will be in the company’s Pine Hall operations. Wieland is based in Ulm, Germany. It is one of the...

In this Oct. 31, 2019 photo, man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Chinese tech giant Huawei kept its global business growing for almost a decade while Washington piled sanctions on the company and lobbied its allies to keep the company out of telecom networks. Now, Huawei is starting to suffer in earnest as the Trump administration steps up efforts to slam the door on access to Western components and markets in a widening feud with Beijing over technology and security. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Huawei: Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions

Aug. 8, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions and will be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive says, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from American pressure. Huawei...